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Toyota's FCV marks fuel-cell future

2014-04-17 09:52

HYDROGEN-POWERED TOYOTA: The Toyota FCV will harness hydrogen technology and has a claimed range of over 800km. Image: Toyota

LONDON, England -Toyota’s first hydrogen fuel cell-powered car, the Fuel Cell Vehicle concept (FCV), will soon become a reality.

The automaker believes it’s a major but logical step, as it builds on the success it has achieved with hybrids, such as its popular Prius, over the past 15 years.

Executive vice president of Toyota, Karl Schlicht, said: “Our unique hybrid history and experience has proven invaluable for the next big leap.

"In 2010, we promised our first fuel cell car for 2015 and we are fully on track to honour our commitment."

'ZERO EMISSIONS'

Schlicht said hydrogen is easy to store, is better at capturing renewable energies than batteries, and can be produced anywhere: “Taking these facts into account reinforces how Toyota is convinced fuel cell technology can deliver our ultimate goal of zero emissions and sustainable transport."

The FCV sedan concept, will pioneer its new technology.

Schlicht explains the car gives “clear hints” of the design of the production version to be delivered in 2015, and that with the benefit of a high energy density fuel stack and a maximum 100kW "it will have the potential to cover more than 800km on a tank of fuel".

The 700 Bar hydrogen tank holds 156 litres for a potential range of 830km.

Toyota and BMW entered into a partnership with to further fuel cell research and development.
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